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Learn to Chant: Daimoku Sansho

Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo is like the roar of a lion. What
sickness can therefore be an obstacle? It is written that
those who embrace the Daimoku of the Lotus Sutra will be
protected by Kishimojin and her ten daughters. They will
enjoy the happiness of Aizen and the good fortune of
Bishamon. Wherever your daughter may frolic or play, no
harm will come to her; she will be free from fear like the
lion king.

written by Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

Daimoku means the supreme invocation of Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo. This expression also indicates the chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo.*

To begin Buddhist chanting in the Nichiren Shoshu tradition, you start with Daimoku Sansho. The word Daimoku means the supreme invocation or Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo. This expression also indicates the chanting of Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo.

The word Sansho means three. Daimoku Sansho means to face the Gohonzon (object of worship) and chant Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo three times (in a specific way like our Chief Priest demonstrates), bowing in reverence to the Three Treasures of True Buddhism (the Buddha, Nichiren Daishonin; the Law, Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo; and the Priesthood, i.e., Nikko Shonin, Nichimoku Shonin, and each of the successive High Priests).

When you visit Myosenji Temple for our Introductory Series, our Chief Priest teaches you how to properly breathe and perform Daimoku Sansho.

Sun, Nov 24th – Buddhism’s Ten Worlds

Myosenji Temple will host a brief lecture on the Ten Worlds by our Chief Priest, Rev Sakabe this Sunday. He will explain how to chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo to awaken your Buddha nature and set your path to more self-awareness and happiness.

  • Learn how to chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and properly use the Juzu Beads, Buddhist prayer beads.
  • Q&A with our Chief Priest.
  • The meeting starts at 2:00 pm and concludes around 3:15 pm. Open to the public.
  • 310 University Blvd West, Silver Spring, MD 20901 entrance on Burnett Avenue

If you have decided to become a Buddhist or are interested in learning how to become a Buddhist, after Saturday’s meeting (about 3:30 pm) Rev Sakabe will be performing the Acceptance of the Precept Ceremony, the ceremony where you become a Buddhist.

*Excerpted: Nichiren Shoshu Basics of Practice, Glossary, p.124.